The UAE is keeping itself ready for hosting the IPL if the country gets the chance. They had earlier proposed to host the event after the cash-rich league’s 2020 edition came under dark clouds due to COVID-19 outburst.
UAE is the second country apart from Sri Lanka who has offered to hos the tournament. Speaking to ‘Gulf News’, Hanif said the Dubai Sports City, which includes the Dubai International Stadium and the ICC Academy, is ready as a potential venue for the glitzy T20 league.
“The stadium has nine wickets on the top in case a large number of matches have to be accommodated within a smaller time-frame. We will not be scheduling any matches there to keep the wickets fresh,” said Hanif.
Earlier, according to a source close to BCCI, New Zealand had also offered to host the event but they later denied it.
The IPL was postponed for an indefinite time after the coronavirus outburst. Earlier, Sri Lanka and UAE had also offered to host the cash-rich league.
Mumbai Indians are the defending champions. The MI franchise is the most successful team who have won the title four times, while CSK have won it thrice.
Kolkata Knight Riders have won it twice while Rajasthan Royals, Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad have won it once.
IPL was slated to begin at the end of March and MI would have taken on CSK in the opening encounter of the tournament at the iconic Wankhede stadium.
The IPL has been held overseas twice. The 2009 edition took place in South Africa while UAE hosted half of the season in 2014 due to the general elections in India.